I hope you enjoy this book spotlight from Daphne Self, Christian Sci-fi author, as she shares about her novel When Legends Rise. Comment below by April 4 for a chance to win a copy! Signed paperback or ebook for a US winner or an ebook for International.
It all started as an idea back in the late 90s. It came to fruition in May 2021. The inspiration was this: salvation is free.
That began the questions of: what if someone committed horrible acts, what if that person was indoctrinated and changed, how would they react when faced with the truth, and finally, what story from the Bible would work for my character? Of course, the story of Saul of Tarsus (Paul) came to mind. He had blood on his hands, yet found salvation in Christ.
Thus, the story of When Legends Rise was born. I needed to show that no matter the sin, Christ is there. We only need to accept and follow Him.
In When Legends Rise, I created Jules to not be the typical alpha male that you would find in most sci-fi novels. I wanted him to be more empathic, compassionate, protective, and quiet, yet have those alpha tendencies when the need arose.
He’s brilliant. A sharp mind that analyzes everything around him. And he can quickly form bonds, such as the one formed with JJ, whom he calls “brother.” Jules is complex. And sometimes I forget that he’s not a real person!
A fun fact is that Jules is actually the name of one of my great-uncles. I’ve always loved hearing about him and how he was awarded the purple heart. So, I made sure I used a name I could shorten to Jules. Julius was my favorite on the list.
For my secondary character, Abigail, her surname has a double meaning; du Soleil means “of the sun”, which in this story would fit since she’s part of the Christian Coalition. Her name would also mean “of the Son.”
Some may ask, did anything inspire this story other than the Bible? Well, I wrote this book before the show Halo was released, yet I had been playing the Halo video game since its release. I’ve always enjoyed the backstory of Master Chief, so Jules in When Legends Rise is a bit like Master Chief John-117.
Plus, if you have seen The Mandalorian, then you will see a few common themes between my book and that show. There’s also a bit of a Star Trek and Firefly vibe in When Legends Rise.
And although this is a science fiction novel, it does not contain aliens. Nor does it use “faster than light” travel. I took current sociological and scientific elements and, again, played the “what if” game. This created a futuristic and plausible world.
When Legends Rise is part of a trilogy called Legends of Light, and I am in the process of writing book two, What Legends Become.
Christian science fiction isn’t a genre widely accepted nor known, yet I always felt that Christian authors were missing out on an audience that would benefit from stories told from a Christian worldview. In a way, sci-fi is a lot like the parables.
Thanks so much for sharing about your inspiration for When Legends Rise, Daphne. I’m sure there are lots of Christians who would love to read an inspirational sci-fi story, my husband included! God’s blessings on you in your future projects.
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When Legends Rise by Daphne Self
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He was now one of them.
Genetically altered…. designed to kill….trained to eradicate….until he became more.
Juliet 7-A was the top elite assassin for the Global Federated Territories until an ambush deemed him beyond salvaging. He was scheduled for decommission. His only recourse for survival is a new identity and his search for the one friend he had―a friend who defected and deserted him. Those he once hunted will save him. Yet it comes with a price. A price that demands much of him.
What happens when an assassin awakens?
Daphne Self, formerly published under D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. As a Mississippian transplant, she spends her days in the Midwest state planning adventures-never-taken. She pursues her dream as an author with one goal in mind: To Glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours books in many genres.
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